Detective Inspector Billy Thompson from Major Crime Investigation Section speaks with media after woman seriously assaulted at Salisbury
The serious assault that occurred at Parabanks Shopping Centre earlier this week has now been declared a Major Crime.
Following the declaration, Major Crime Investigation Branch will now lead the investigation and will be working with detectives from Northern District CIB.
Police and paramedics were called to the Parabanks Shopping Centre, John Street, Salisbury just after 8pm on Monday 9 July.
A 30-year-old Filipino Immigrant, who is employed as a cleaner at the shopping centre, was assaulted by a man armed with a knife during a violent attack in the public toilets. She sustained serious injuries to her face and back and was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital by ambulance. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Detective Inspector Billy Thompson stated that police will soon be able to speak to the victim in more detail later today.
“This is a cowardly attack on a defenceless person going about her business and we appeal to the community to help us identify the person responsible,” he said.
A male suspect was captured on CCTV leaving the toilet area a short time later. He is described as of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 30s, with facial hair, wearing a dark beanie, a dark zip up jacket, a white T-shirt, dark trackpants with a white logo and dark shoes.
“I encourage anyone who knows the person captured on CCTV or anyone who has any information about this person or this cowardly act to contact us immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.